Morning State Sports Briefs: Admirals lose to Houston, series tied at 1-1Wisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Admirals lost to Houston 2-0 at home last night, as the American Hockey League West Division finals were evened at a game apiece.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Admirals lost to Houston 2-0 at home last night, as the American Hockey League West Division finals were evened at a game apiece.
The Admirals only had 11 shots-on-goal in the final two periods, and they were shut out for only the fourth time this season. Colton Gillies scored his team-high fourth goal of the post-season. Warren Peters also scored for Houston, which won at the Bradley Center for the first time in five tries this year. Game-Three of the best-of-seven series will be played tomorrow night in Houston.
Green Bay Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy says it’s just as important for a winning team to create competition for various jobs, as it is to fill a depth chart. That’s how McCarthy justified the team’s big emphasis on offense in early part of the NFL Draft. Five of Green Bay’s first six picks were on offense. The last time the Packers were so top-heavy early in the draft was in 2004, when Mike Sherman selected a punter and four defensive players with his first five picks. Green Bay might have found the successors to veterans Chad Clifton and Donald Driver, when they picked tackle Derek Sherrod and receiver Randall Cobb in the first two rounds. And third-round running back Alex Green might come in handy if Ryan Grant leaves after the final year of his contract in 2011. The Pack did choose four defensive players, mostly in the latter rounds.
Football fans are waiting to learn how much longer the NFL lockout will last. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis could rule as early as today on the NFL's request for a permanent stay of an injunction that briefly lifted the lockout last week. The lockout started after collective bargaining talks between the league and its players union fell apart in March. Players got access to team facilities last Friday thanks to an injunction from Minnesota-based U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson. They were locked out again later that day by a temporary stay from the St. Louis appeals court. The NFL wants the lockout to stay in place while the appellate court considers its appeal. That could take until this summer.
The University of Wisconsin softball team lost at home to Michigan, 2-1 yesterday. Amanda Chidester hit the game-winner with a single in the fifth inning, when the Wolverines scored both their runs. Cassandra Darrah struck out eight while taking the loss, and the Badgers fell to 6-10 in the Big Ten and 26-21 overall.
The U-W Green Bay softball team dropped below .500 with a 10-5 home loss to Valparaiso. Sadie Conner hit a three-run homer for Valpo. The Phoenix lost two-of-three to the Crusaders, as they fell to 7-13 in the Horizon League and 20-21 overall.
The Marquette University women’s tennis team took fourth place at the Big East Tournament which ended yesterday at Notre Dame. The fourth-seeded Golden Eagles lost their final match to Number-three DePaul, 4-3. Christina Ruiz and Chelsea Utting had the only singles’ points for Marquette, which ended its season at 19-11.
Top-seeded Ohio State won the Big Ten Conference men’s tennis tournament in Madison yesterday. The Buckeyes won their sixth straight tournament crown with a 4-0 victory over third-seeded Minnesota. Ohio State did not give up a point in its three matches.
The University of Wisconsin men’s rowing team won its sixth straight Jablonic Cup yesterday in Boston. The sixth-ranked Badgers defeated No. 5 Boston University by winning both the varsity-eight and second-varsity-eight events. The University of Wisconsin women’s open-weight rowers took five-of-six races from Minnesota yesterday at a dual meet in Madison. It was the first time the Badgers hosted a full varsity race on Lake Mendota since 2002.